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10 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
College football's 2018 season is still a few months away, but the debate about preseason predictions and rankings will start to heat up even more over the next few weeks. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2018 Athlon Sports College Football...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
The 2018 college football season marks widespread change around the Pac-12. Much of the conference's new outlook comes from an influx of new head coaches, with five programs welcoming new staffs for this campaign.   Some of those newcomers can expect a challenging welcome to the Pac-12 (or welcome back to, in one instance), as two of the hardest slates in the league await teams with...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The 2018 Pac-12 Conference out-of-league schedule features some exciting matchups with traditional rivalries, marquee road games and some of the most intriguing Power 5 vs. Group of 5 games in college football this season.   Much of the Pac-12 plays 10 power-conference games as a result of the nine-game league slate, but many of the best non-conference games pit Pac-12 teams against...

College Football Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
With spring practice completed for all 130 college football teams, it’s never too early to evaluate how every program looks at quarterback for the 2018 season. College football lost a handful of stars from last season, including USC’s Sam Darnold, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. However, the next group of stars is ready to emerge at the FBS level...

Top 25 Pac-12 2019 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Despite a brutal showing to close the 2017 season, the Pac-12 sent a solid corps of prospects into the NFL via the 2018 draft. Another class of future pros will headline the conference again this season, with opportunities to improve their outlooks for the 2019 draft.   As was the case a season ago, a quarterback heads the class. However, the real story of the 2019 draft class in the Pac-...

Ranking the Pac-12's Quarterbacks for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The Pac-12 has produced its share of high-powered offenses and standout quarterbacks in recent years, and there’s no reason to think that will change in 2018. The league has three All-America contenders at quarterback and features rising stars in Utah’s Tyler Huntley and Stanford’s K.J. Costello. Arizona’s Khalil Tate tops the rankings, but Oregon’s Justin Herbert...

Early 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The 2018 NFL Draft is still fresh in everyone’s minds, but the work has already begun by pro scouts and analysts alike for the 2019 edition. In looking at Athlon Sports’ early top 50 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, two things jump out right away – it’s heavy on defensive players and there are quite a few Clemson Tigers.   Clemson, which has been a College...

Utah Utes 2018 Football Schedule and Analysis

By John Coon, 1 month 2 days ago
Inexperience, injuries and a tough Pac-12 schedule caught up with Utah last season. The Utes stumbled after a 4-0 start, losing six of seven, before recovering to reach a fourth straight bowl game and finish 7-6 overall.   This season promises to be a much better one for Utah and head coach Kyle Whittingham. The Utes possess a legitimate shot at winning their first Pac-12 South divisional...

Which Team Wins the Pac-12 South in 2018?

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
If there’s one word that can be used to describe the Pac-12 South headed into the 2018 college football season, it would be “change.” For starters, half of the division is under new leadership as Arizona (Kevin Sumlin), Arizona State (Herm Edwards), and UCLA (Chip Kelly) all made changes at head coach this offseason. There’s also the fact that defending Pac-12 champion...

Way-Too-Early College Football 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
Spring practice is underway across the nation, as all 130 college football teams are getting the first look at how their roster and program are shaping up for the 2018 season. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are...